Mom Made and Nutrition

One of the biggest challenges for many parents is getting their kids to eat vegetables. It is a sad fact that most kids do not eat enough of these great sources of essential vitamins and minerals. That why we cleverly use vegetables in ways that kids will eat them. For example, our Cheesy Mac takes advantage of the bright orange color of butternut squash and sweet potatoes to pack a powerful punch of Vitamin A.

Looking for easy, yummy protein? Our spaghetti and meatballs has a whopping 10 grams in one serving. Start the day off with 15 grams of protein and finger-licking chicken apple meatballs.

Getting your kids to eat nutritious foods can be easy with your freezer and Mom Made.

Nutritional Math Made Easy

At Mom Made we make family-friendly foods as healthy as we can. Because we start with fresh, high-quality ingredients, your kids can get the vitamins and minerals they need right in their food

To help ensure our high nutritional values, we continuously study food research and recommendations.  Did you know that most children should eat five fruits and vegetables a day? Did you know the USDA now recommends that kids need to eat the right foods to get the recommended amounts of vitamins and minerals while limiting sugar and saturated fat?

Here are some guidelines for kids:

  • Protein 19 grams for 4-8 year olds and 34 grams for 9-13 year olds (10-30% of all calories)*
  • Carbohydrates 130 grams for 4-13 year olds (45-65%)*
  • Children less than 14 years old should consume <2300mg of sodium per day.

*Institute of Medicine’s Dietary Reference Intake

But even with these guidelines, many kids meals have far too much sodium and saturated fat – far more than the recommended maximum of 10%.

Vitamins, Minerals and Veggies, Oh My!

Kids also need to get enough vitamins and minerals, including:

Calcium, at least 1,000 mg
Iron, 10 mg
Vitamin D 600 IU
Vitamin C 22-39 mg
Vitamin B12 1.2 mg
Vitamin A 250-450 IU

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What’s a parent to do?

To start, aim for a colorful plate, as shown in the image below from the USDA. You’ll find games and more to help your kids learn about nutrition here. Why these recommendations? Each category provides an important part of what kids need. 

USDA My Plate
 

Protein helps give kids energy to play and grow. Carbohydrates also provide energy by using fats and protein to repair tissue. Fats help kids’ bodies absorb vitamins and minerals.
Calcium is well known for building strong bones and teeth, but it also helps blood clot and support nerves, muscles and hearts.